Why Australia Day must stay – Pauline Hanson

This is my opinion piece published in the Courier Mail on why I think January 26 needs to remain Australia Day and why I think it would be a terrible mistake to create a separate national day for indigenous Australians alone.

Please have a read and let me know what you think. Do you agree Australia day must be celebrated on January 26? Do you think we should give in to those who demand the day be changed? And do you think we need a separate national day solely for indigenous Australians?

I’m keen to hear what you have to say.

-Pauline Hanson

Courier Mail, 26/09/18

SCOTT MORRISON was off the mark yesterday when he offered appeasement to those who wish to move Australia Day from January 26 by suggesting the creation of a national public holiday dedicated to the celebration of indigenous Australians.

This would be a mistake because it is simply a continuation of politics that have been dividing Australians for decades.

The Prime Minister must not fall into the trap of splitting Australia into separate groups with different rights, by creating what would be seen as a separate national day for indigenous Australians.

As I said in my 1996 maiden speech, if politicians continue to promote separatism in Australia, they should not continue to hold their seats in this Parliament. They are not truly representing all Australians, and I call on the people to throw them out.

To survive in peace and harmony, united and strong, we must have one people, one nation, one flag. I could add to that one national day.

On January 26, 1788, the future of this great continent changed and no one is trying to deny that. However, to declare that the date represents something regrettable or something that could perhaps be rectified is wrong. Not only is it wrong, but it is a dangerous idea, and if we continue to allow it to grow in popularity, it will slowly but surely tear our great nation apart.

I think opposition to the current Australia Day date is born from an ignorance of history and a powerful strain of white guilt that has been fostered among Australians by a cynical and self-loathing left.

You don’t rewrite history, you learn from it

January 26 has been celebrated in Australia for over 200 years, and it doesn’t signify the colonisation of Australia by the British.

What the date represents is the moment when the brave men and women of the First Fleet arrived in Australia, not by their own free will, but by the will of others. They landed on the shores of a land unknown to them, seeking not to conquer, but to survive.

And no one is denying that there was conflict and tragedy when new Australians, fighting to survive, clashed with Australians who had been surviving here for thousands of years.

But I strongly believe the way we repair the wounds of the past will not be through creating more division, but through celebrating January 26, 1788, the day that our ancestors were thrust together by forces outside of their control and yet still managed to come together to build one of the greatest nations on Earth.

104 replies
  1. Norman Simmons
    Norman Simmons says:

    Hi Pauline.I sent an email to PM Morrison on Tuesday morning letting him know he is dividing this country with his aboriginal day rubbish.I told him he should have gone on morning TV to tell us about how the government has managed to to wipe $18 billion of the deficit.Thats more important than appeasing a small minority.Anyhow he’s gone very quiet on the subject ever since which makes me think he made a big mistake.Keep up your great work Regards Norm Simmons

  2. Rod Pietsch
    Rod Pietsch says:

    Good on ya Polly for stickin to your guns on this one…its sickening all the belony that the minority have imposed on Australia and its even more sickening that our pathetic 2 parties and the effin greens have allowed and promoted this belony.
    We need to get the show back on the road and we need leaders such as yourself that dont crawl to UN and the policies of the horrible World Bank

  3. bevis
    bevis says:

    maybe one way to overcome disharmony between the indigenous peoples and others is to have both flags represented on the same day

    • Kenneth
      Kenneth says:

      no absolutely No. The Australian flag is the ONLY flag. There were no other flags. We can make many different flags. However there is only one Australian flag to unite under. Let us do it and stop this division.

    • ET
      ET says:

      Why do Aboriginals need a separate flag?

      Their history shows disparate vibrant tribes with different languages who engaged in many ‘border’ disputes.

      Black/white, religious/secular, young/old, heterosexual/LGBTIQ, Liberal/Green, urban/rural, unionists/non-union it’s—-the New World Order led by the United Nations wants to divide us as humans—-not to unite us. Unified WE have the power, disunity gives THEM the power.

      • Tom
        Tom says:

        Separate flags mean separate people. Thuere was never such a thing as an Aboriginal Nation. The most racist thing we do is to ask what race. Treat people as people according to their needs. One Nation is the answer. If a white person wants a job they move to where the work is and work. For that they get the benefit of their labour. So it should be for all Australians.

  4. Dave J
    Dave J says:

    I totally agree, the day must stay as it is Australian history, if it wasn’t for our ancestors that were on the ships our great country wouldn’t be where it is today. This scenario is evident all over the world and once again has worked in harmony. For another race to say that we should not be here and that they want nothing to do with us is absolutely unacceptable, they survive because of our tax payers money, they also get more allowances than anybody else, that is factual as I have personally dealt with those issues.

    By creating a separate day will only divide our country even further, if it continues the bubble will burst and people will take things into their own hands as other countries have done.

    The short of it, Australia Day is for all Australians and cultures that have called Australia home to better their own lives from other war torn parts of the globe.

    Australia Day is and should remain, it’s our history.

  5. Kate
    Kate says:

    I’m studying secondary education and when the issue of Australia Day was discussed I was initially against changing it, then after our discussions of their distress regarding the date of 26th January I could see their point of view. However, when we then discussed their other issues and battles I feel some of the Indigenous people of Australia wish to change every celebration White Australians hold dear. I have spent most of my life in rural Australia and I have seen first hand the issues plaguing Indigenous Australians and feel these endless battles regarding issues of the past only distract us from solving the current issues. Furthermore our current politicians sit in Canberra and discuss solutions that involve more and more money without the first hand knowledge to provide a genuine solution. Money for nothing simply provides people with empty days with nothing to do, no purpose, no drive and this inevitably leads to nothing good, as anyone who has been north and seen the lives of unemployed Indigenous Australians. I have gotten off track as this is now an issue I am torn on, I feel for our Indigenous population who feel the date is painful – I would like to know what percentage they are? What has happened of late is that a portion the minority screams the loudest and they don’t always represent the entire minority. I would support a change of the date if I didn’t feel this may be the initial snow flake that set off the avalanche that destroyed everything White Australians love, honour and respect; as the current climate seems that under the banner of inclusivity and diversity everyones culture MUST be respected, BUT OURS.

  6. john drew
    john drew says:

    I say completely ignore the aborigines and their supporters. Be proud of our splendid history and British origins.

  7. Tim
    Tim says:

    I don’t hold on to any of the hurts of my ancestors. People that do have a victimhood mentality. The holiday will not be enough – it will be something else the next year. That’s how it goes with victimhood mentalities – there’s always something else to blame.

    Ignore the loud minority. Most Aboriginals are proud Australians.

    • Beatrice Blyth
      Beatrice Blyth says:

      Absolutely right. Australia is doing more and more and more to make peace, but the other side (not necessarily aboriginals , but those perpetually offended lefties) it ain’t ever enough. Lets stop all this BS and just become ONE NATION and together appreciate this beautiful country and Australia Day on Jan 26

  8. Lindsay Hackett
    Lindsay Hackett says:

    No attempt must be allowed that would divide Australian society into separate classes by race, religion or by anything else. There must be no treatment of any sections of Australian society that discriminates one from another, in law or in anything else. This applies to Australia Day and anything else, including particularly the Australian Constitution.

    Each and every Australian has a voice in Government through their elected representatives. These representatives must be seen to act always for their constituents without prejudice or favouritism. Their actions must never be based on race, religion or any other form of discrimination.

    Much of the discussion about aborigines is based on myth or falsehood. Much is divisive. Most misses the point that we would be better to see ourselves as part of one flock, not several distinct groups of different feather.

    Captain Cook led an expedition from England and landed in Australia during 1770. At this time in Australia, there were approximately 750,000 aborigines living in about 684 separate language groups spread across Australia. Each group had its own language, customs, and culture. Even adjoining groups often could not understand the language of their neighbours. Aborigines had no concept of nationhood in the sense that countries are seen to be nations today. These groups were “nations” only in the dictionary sense that they were each a community of people who shared a common ethnic origin, culture, historical tradition, and language. There was never an aboriginal nation, and to say there was is to speak nonsense and maleficently.

    Captain Cook claimed the land for Britain. The fact the land was inhabited by another people is irrelevant. The British occupied Australia with every intention of doing so peaceably. Undoubtedly there were some atrocities committed by the British, with many precipitated by aboriginal attacks on the settlers. No atrocity or murder can be condoned and all must be regretted no matter who committed the act. Notwithstanding, the British did occupy Australia. They could have done so by force of arms, as obvious conquerors. Indeed, only people who wish to play with the meaning of words can believe anything but the British did conquer Australia. To be under a state of complete bureaucratic, political, economic and administrative dependency, as the aborigines have been since, is to be in a state of being occupied. The rights of an occupied people are at the discretion of the occupiers whether or not those people accept occupation.

    The make-up of societies in most countries has changed throughout history because of conquest, colonisation, emigration, and immigration. Australia is no different. Aborigines certainly were in Australia before its colonisation by the British, but so what? Prior to colonisation, people lived a “stone-age” style of existence, one fraught with conflict, infanticide, female subservience to a male dominated hierarchy, and a largely nomadic lifestyle. There were few comforts and life was one of subsistence.

    After colonisation by a technologically superior people, the British, Australian society changed and continues to change. Most people would argue the change has been for the better. Many aboriginal representatives are attempting to perpetuate divisions within the Australian community by trying to set the Aborigine apart, both within the Constitution and otherwise. They seem not to accept that if the “white man” had not settled Australia, then the Aborigine would still be living a stone age like existence. Australia is what it is today because of settlement since the 1700s, not because of the Aborigine.

    The aborigine has been compensated many times over for the occupation of his lands, by having been given the opportunity of leaving behind his traditional life-style to enjoy the many benefits of modern Australia. Few would wish to return to the traditional aboriginal lifestyle that existed before colonisation. No aboriginal lives today as did his traditional ancestors. Even in the most remote aboriginal groups, western goods abound in the form of food, clothing, cars, electricity, or housing, for example. Many aboriginal groups live in conditions that most non-aborigines would describe as unsatisfactory. However, aborigines have generated those conditions and seem content to continue living as they do because it takes little effort and the Australian taxpayer funds their life-style. When asked why they seem not to have any ambition to improve their living conditions and life-style, they respond, “there is no incentive because government looks after them and things are OK”. This has been the response when put to individual aborigines in friendly conversations, not when put to the politically motivated.

    Aborigines are getting significant and special treatment, yet say they want more. Governments give aborigines vast sums of money to improve their lot and many aboriginal groups get huge royalty payments from mining and other companies forced to pay to access “aboriginal” land; noting that aborigines have been granted native title over 34% of the Australian landmass today, and will have native title over 62% if all present claims are agreed. Added to this are the State based Land Rights lands and reserves. In aggregate, there is aboriginal freehold ownership, native title (exclusive and non-exclusive), land rights and reserves, and pending determinations of native title over 72% of the Australian landmass.

    Aborigines can do much to improve their lot, if that is what they truly want. When aborigines progress from their fixation with their past culture and move to join and live with and like other Australians, and the governments of Australia encourage this change, aboriginal conditions will improve and their issues will stop being newsworthy. The myopia exposed in recent newspaper articles is revealing. One article gave statistics to show the disparity between many aborigines and other Australians entitled, “Greater Prosperity Key to Closing the Gap”. One solution proposed was to increase aboriginal home ownership. This is simplistic. The “gap” is due largely to factors like: aborigines, generally, continue to be under-educated because they do not go to school, they are unemployed because they choose to live in places where there is no work, they suffer from unnecessary health problems because they live in self-generated unhygienic conditions, and too many are in gaol because they break the law. ABS data shows at June 2017, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners accounted for 27% of the total Australian prisoner population, although aborigines comprised only 3% of the total Australian population. This was a 7% increase from 30 June 2016, while the number of non-Indigenous prisoners increased by 6%.

    A serious issue is how a person is defined to be an aboriginal. The presently accepted definition is:
    • being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
    • identifying as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person
    • being accepted as such by the community in which you live, or formerly

    This is nonsense. If equivalent definitions were applied to all other Australians, people could claim to be Chinese, Italian, Greek, Mongolian, et cetera, or of whatever other ethnicity from their ancestral lineage they chose and for which they had local community support, regardless of the arbitrary nature of the choice or the remoteness of the ethnic connection. We are nearly all mongrels, mixtures of many ethnicities. Logically, aboriginality should be accepted only for full bloods and, possibly, half-castes.

    The time has long past when we should have put away the black armband and moved on to embrace one Australia and one people having the same privileges and responsibilities. Seeking to separate the rights of Australians based on ethnicity is abhorrent and can lead only to fragmentation and possible anarchy.

    There must be no change to Australia Day and no special days that celebrate divisions within Australian society. As for the Australian Constitution, the only change that might be acceptable would be a simple mention in the Preamble of the Constitution that a race of people described today as aborigines inhabited Australia before colonization by the English, provided it does not refer to an aboriginal Nation.

    • Tom
      Tom says:

      You are spot on Lindsay. I believe the most racist thing we do is to ask “what race”. There is no such thing as an Aboriginal nation. Those in Cape York did not even know there was Tasmania or Western Australia as those areas are now called.
      Think, what “age” do we speak of when humans had no metal and used only stone and wood, had no substantial structures and were hunter-gathers? Neolelthic or Stone Age, that is the stage of human evolution as at 1788 for Aboriginal people. That does not mean they are inferior beinlgs but that is the”culture” we are told must take precedence. Europeans have ‘just as long a “culture” but we’re much further along the development scale.

      Let us be one, end the “them and us” approach.

    • Jessie Dowds
      Jessie Dowds says:

      Lindsay, absolutely spot on…My feelings also. Enough of the victim hood mentality, it’s ridiculous…I feel the Aborigines have been well looked after and I made the same comment the other day, when is enough, enough? It seems they will never be pleased and always want more…no matter how much they already get and have been given…They need to help themselves and get educated and encourage their kids to be educated and enough of the excuses…We are ALL AUSTRALIANS….NO NEED FOR ANOTHER SPECIAL DAY OF CELEBRATION. The government needs to STOP appeasement altogether….We need strong good leadership, for ALL AUSTRALIANS

    • Dianne Brauer
      Dianne Brauer says:

      Absolutely agree. My ancestors came from Germany in 1874 & contributed to making what our country is today worked the land to bring up their family now nearly 10 generations we are all Australians there’s no Ownership by aborigines.

    • ET
      ET says:

      An excellent dissertation, if generalising somewhat.

      Australia should be brave and encourage the ‘definition’ of aboriginality as in the same way do Canadian First Peoples- after quarter blood recognition, then the “definition” and monetary benefits of claiming aboriginality stop.

      Certainly, I am sure that the traditional cultures, like the Tiwi Islanders, would be delighted with this.

      Unfortunately, to be aboriginal means to receive money: look at how the cohort of “aboriginals” grew by 80% in Tasmania. Dudn’t The “ladt’ Aboriginal living there due? Not after $$$ became king.

      Trying to ‘buy’ culture diesn’t work. ‘Sit-down money’ as rural aboriginals themselves calk it will never give the self-esteem and a return to family culture which is needed.

      Yes, Tim. as a Mifgrant of the 1950s, I have no black armband, but I feel the loss of the Aboriginal Culture via money.

  9. RobinHenry
    RobinHenry says:

    Australia Day is an historically significant day, that cannot be changed without destroying its meaning. Indigenes have numerous “days”including a whole effing week of NAIDOC in July. They shouldnt need yet another day for anything.

  10. RNW
    RNW says:

    The representation of our multi-ethnic backgrounds should be openly encouraged during our national day. Our nation is one which is built upon a cohesive collection of multiple culturals. Think of the kebab or a chicken parmie. Nothing more than a combination of different ethnical foods, and ofcourse stolen/adapted as our own.
    Australia day should be the same and if the debate is towards indegenious recognition, then so be it. But, creating another day to appease a separate entity, which might I say has an entire week of recognition, should not be encouraged.
    Fostering the spirit of “together-ness” should be our priority. Mark the day with a simple ceremony. Put the aboriginal and TI flags at half mast. Play the national anthems and raise all three flags togethers.
    Recognition of indegenious population and their loss. Whilst at the same time promoting the idea of a united Australian nation.

  11. Geoffrey Schleehauf
    Geoffrey Schleehauf says:

    Well written Pauline. This 200+ year argument has become very stale. Why should we have to bear the burden of this rant from the past? If the indigenous people want a better deal, they must first, dust themselves off and clean up their game. I have aboriginal friends who have done just that and they don’t continually whinge about this topic that the major parties allow to constantly come to the fore. How many more remembrance days do these people want. With billions of dollars set aside for Aboriginal and Islander affairs, their communities should be sitting pretty. Instead, we find communities where they trash housing that is provided for them and where they require constant refurbishments along with new white goods and furnishings. These people have to get rid of the “poor me” attitude and stone age thinking and join the modern world and be thankful that the white man’s tax goes toward their upkeep. What would happen to them if all funding was stopped? You don’t bite the hand that feeds you. Political parties need to realize that by constantly giving in to this sort of give me, give me practice they are falling into a bad practice that allows crackpot organizations a leg in. If they feel as though they were invaded, then let that be the case and they will lose all their entitlements.
    What about their SPECIAL Entitlements that they already get – at hospitals, Centrelink where they can obtain more money if they run out between payment days and where if they purchase a motor vehicle and fail to make any further payments after the third payment the debt is written off. I know of incidents at Quilpie where a carpenter was building spec homes for retirees who wanted to chase opals. These were two story homes ans when he was approached by representatives of Aboriginal and Islander Affairs to buy those hoes, he doubled the price of the homes to try and scare them off. It didn’t work, they did not bat an eyelid and wrote out cheques on the spot. He was devastated because he had already sold a number of houses to clients and was worried that he would get a bad name because of an incident that he had no idea control over. To make this nation function as a strong nation, all people have to be treated the same ande obey and respect the laws of Australia. We do not need the UN Or any other mob of bleeding hearts to needle in our affairs.

  12. jJan
    jJan says:

    Jan, Australia Day represents both Convicts, Chinese , the Canadians were Convicts, Irish, The Aboriginals who were here first, to meet all the Generations since have joined together to make this the greatest Nation in the world; Australia, one Flag, this is our Umbrella that unites all of us !!!! under this Umbrella invited are others from other countries to join us! and be free from countries that are so corrupt.and low economic

  13. Cherie
    Cherie says:

    When will Australian people recognise what Willem Janszoon did in the 1600’s? Is it the fact that he lost his attempt that we don’t request that the Dutch apologise for their wrong doing? the day that he arrived was an INVASION DAY!!!! and NAIDOC week is a whole week of celebrating our fabulous culture. We support Japanese customs (they invaded here) and muslim customs (they seem to be peacefully invading). furthermore – the 26th of January was quite a while after the “invasion” initially happened. and we were invaded by a majority of criminals and other british peoples who were acting under instruction from their king. If they had of refused, it wouldve been treason! my god…imagine the British asking the roman’s to say sorry. or the South Americans demanding the Spanish apologise.
    and last but not least….there are not many of us left that have no European heritage, so are we to condemn our own ancestors for their actions? LEAVE AUSTRALIA DAY ALONE!!!!!!

  14. Max Brown
    Max Brown says:

    The first fleet arrived 24th jan not 26th but went to pt jackson 26th. So unless the REAL date is used why change from 26th, no point. Its about time ALL australians become United and move on snd stop picking off the scab instead of letting the healing happen. I haven’t seen the Europeans keep apologising over their history ( please correct me if I’m wrong) and didnt we mostly originate from there.it is really time we all become one united under the one flag, one culture, one life style and help create one great nation again that moves into the future, learning from(not staying in) history. We are the best country with the best life style with the best people on the planet, so lets continue on and not getting bogged down in the crap where a few minority groups wish to destroy our way of life by majoring in the negative. All aussies should have access to the same relative benefits, not some getting more for no effort so lets move on without genetating divisions and become that ONE great nation again.

  15. Ian MacDonald
    Ian MacDonald says:

    The ignorant left must not prevail. Aboriginals have so many “Indigenous Days” and we white Christians do not complain. The problem is with the younger generation being pumped out of uni by left wing professors who are determine to ruin this great country. They are traitors and treason is a capital offence. Pauline, you and other cross benchers must block everything the government tries to pass until they come to their senses, and that is what the MAJORITY OF AUSTRALIANS WANT not the wreckers.

  16. bob kelly
    bob kelly says:

    DEAR PAULINE. I agree not to change Australia day. my gripes are more about queensland and the police state yet no one can or is willing to speak up. currently I am unable to get an answer from the justice or attorney generals dept. about who controls the courts in this state as it appears to be the police dept. who run and control the whole state recently I submitted a summons at Cleveland court house for each police who assaulted me for no reason with the 2 forms refused to be accepted. the same qld. police also play god when it suits them and are not able to hear noise from an aircon and or noise from an aircon is not noise.. I am prepared to put up thousands of dollars to have something done about the police culture in qld. from ian stewart down if you know someone who may be interested in assisting me. Robert Kelly aged 79 plus

  17. John Brandenburg
    John Brandenburg says:

    That is the BEST explanation I have ever read and I agree with every word, sad that we seem to be run by minority groups, I have said for years we (the government) should define what an aborigine is, and if they want to live in “A Community” fine leave them there but as soon as they (whoever “they” are) want to come into the suburbs and/or regional towns they should have the same responsibilities as the rest of “Australians” and toe the line.
    We should also bring working farms and/or stations not just for young aboriginies but for ANY misbehaving person, who thinks the law is something to laugh at, regards John

  18. Bertram C Hastie
    Bertram C Hastie says:

    Certainly retain Australia Day

    Where were the indigenous population when Captain Cook & his Sailors were making their historic voyages around the globe.
    Why do we persist in denegrating our Anglo-Saxon heritage.?
    Wake up Australia & educators.!!! Retain the Flag in singularity.

  19. Ray Marendaz
    Ray Marendaz says:

    I can not add to your stance on the retention of Australia Day on the 26th January.
    What you have said in your statement is how the majority of the Senior population.
    I do hope that you get support from Cory Benardi and others in the senate.
    You have our support.

  20. Jill Dinneen
    Jill Dinneen says:

    Leave Australia Day Jan 26.All the people advocating change are not doing the nation one bit of good.Aboriginal people who are sensible want to keep the day as it is. The only ones wanting change are against everything anyone does for them and that’s plenty

  21. Paul Wolf
    Paul Wolf says:

    Who is driving this change for Australia Day?? Faceless persons!
    It stays where it is and WE ARE ALL AUSTRALIANS! Together we succeed! Divided we Fail!
    The Aboriginals don’t seem to have a say anyway??? They are great people and True Aussies! Let Tony do his job and the mess will be fixed after so many useless years!

  22. A Som
    A Som says:

    What a joke. AUSTRALIA DAY, who cares our government????
    Pauline they are stealing our money (I don’t care) but you get them to STOP chemtrials in Australia they are poisons and KILLING US we are breathing ,eating, drinking,in poisons . At least TELL the people of Australia it is happening.(I can’t see stars anymore and our clouds don’t move) Australia involvement with the corruption CIA USA. (all covered up) but it is all over the net. The world knows there is corruption in Australia. STOP 5g. STOP NWO……Pauline clean up AUSTRALIA I only TRUST YOU.

  23. Ron Raw
    Ron Raw says:

    I believe all Australians should celebrate how far we have come from 26th January, the struggles, the conflicts and the progress. Together all our Nations people have so much to celebrate. So we have a special drive and BBQ On the Sunshine Coast , Queensland, where all are welcome. Last year we had a great drive with 42 cars taking part, and this year will be a larger affair. Made great friends, a proud indigenous man told me with tears in his eyes, of how good it felt to be a part of our celebration, and I felt real good about him being with us too. We gather around 9am with flags flying, the Australian flag, Aboriginal flag and Torres Strait Island flags, and depart Fisherman,s road , Maroochydore, at the sporting area carpark and drive via Mooloolaba to Caloundra. Then a BBQ at Kings beach, and a bit of fun, see you there.

  24. Gaye Johnson
    Gaye Johnson says:

    I am, you are, we are Australian. The aborigines were the first Australians, but in tribes and with no common language between them, they were not a nation. The first fleet landed here on 26th January, and that is the day Australia became a nation. The full bloods in Nhulunbuy, including Galaruy Yunipingu , chairman of the Northern Lands Council for many years and his tribe, the Mununggurrs, the Marikas, are all a kind and generous people, who welcomed the white people to Gove and worked with them, as my husband and I did. There was never any talk from them about us taking over their county and other rubbish. That all comes from the part castes and the leftards who like to stir up the part castes, most of whom would be lucky to be 1/32 aboriginal.
    The sooner this rubbish is put to rest the better. We are all Australian, including the aboriginals, anyone born here, and anyone from any country who has come here to make their home, obey our laws and integrate into the Australian society.

  25. Ken Beer
    Ken Beer says:

    Warren Mundine was interviewed after Sco Mo’s spray about it and he said definetly not. The Indigeneous people do not want more conflict and upset. So that’s good enough for me too. O love Australia Day and its links with our past.!Ken Beer

  26. Lyn Dunbar
    Lyn Dunbar says:

    Agree with you Pauline 110% There is enough division now. I arrived in Australia in early 70’s and am Aussie through and through. I have never been back to England and never had a desire to do so. This is my home and this is where I will stay. Keep up the good fight – you speak for all of us.

  27. Noreen
    Noreen says:

    Australia Day should absolutely remain as it is. The lily livered Morrison would be better served addressing the fiasco of NB(expletiveN) I was without phone or internet (Southern Phone) for 4 hours today. The service such as it is was re-instated and dropped out 5 times more. This after having my modem and phone replaced one month ago and after 2 complaints to the Ombudsman in 3 months. There are other far more weighty issues too, that should be addressed. What a lightweight we have for a leader. And what is wrong with us that we tolerate it?.

  28. Errol Foster
    Errol Foster says:

    They fought for years to be treated as equals and now the loony left are trying to hijack it and divide us again and will cause problems for years to come and it will be the start of more demands

  29. Graham West
    Graham West says:

    I am Australian on Paper from 1965. I was born in the U.K I have served my country Australia, both in the Army and the RAAF. I am very proud to have done so.
    I have never been on unemployment payments. I am now an aged pensioner. Australia Day is the 26th January. Regardless of being White or TRUE AUSTRALIAN BLACK. If you don’t love Australia, it’s way of life, it’s integrated cultures, that is those people who have come to Australia for a new way of life, and have adopted the Australian way of life. The answer is very easy, Go Back to where you Came From. If you can assimilate we don’t want you.

  30. Fred Deeks
    Fred Deeks says:

    Aboeiginal Australians have a total of about 3 weeks celebrations honouring their culture, nadoc week being just one. We have Australia day, and that is for ALL australians, what are we supposed to do, rewrite history and say Phillip actually came ashore on some other day? When you look at what we have provided for the indiginous australians compared with their lifestyle before white settlement I think they have a lot to be thankful for.

  31. John
    John says:

    They already have a Naidoc week why an extra day. And what’s with the flag? They never had cloth. Maybe roughly woven reed baskets. Why should their flag be flown on schools and Govt buildings? It’s a separist movement. Promoted by the UN globalists to weaken national sovereignty. Fight for one Australia. Go Pauline.

  32. Steven Kennedy
    Steven Kennedy says:

    The Nation is becoming a Nation of Tribes instead of one Nation of one people. This is because we keep changing things to allow so called minority’s to fit in. No one of the last few generations did anything to harm the minority’s of this generation so everyone if you are here and a citizen of this country then remember you are Australian first and every thing else last.


    An uncle of mine emigrated to Australia in the 1950s he lived in Cooms and worked on the Snowy scheme. Representing the N.C.D.C., in Canberra he visited London in 1969 for talks with housing managers of the London County Council. While here I questioned him about Australia, the yarns he told about the Snowy were typically Australian. It was when he began telling me about his job in the Northern Territory that he opened up about the Aborigines. He was responsible for Government Housing in an area which took in Darwin and Katherine plus others whose names I forget. A story he told me illustrated why we have this divisive problem. Indigenous families were allocated new homes in designated areas. The housing authorities were surprised and annoyed when more than one family used the accommodation and by western standards it was trashed. If only more of our clever bureaucrat trough eaters would take studies in anthropology and then apply what they learn. As a result try NOT to change them into what they are not. Help them to prosper in their own environment before amalgamating the two cultures. Most of the troubles today are generated by people whose forebears once said hello to an Aboriginal, claiming that makes them so. This is a great insult to both cultures, which has been reinforced by badly worded Acts of Parliament. . .

  34. Ric
    Ric says:

    We are all either equal or divided. Changing the date will only serve those whom do not consider themselves in the inclusion of ALL. Our fore fathers have fought and died for our liberties and would certainly be horrified if they could see their sacrifices were for nought all because a minority, who don’t see themselves as inclusion of our nation/culture and desire only to destroy our land and ways of life. In truth, their ways failed, else they wouldn’t be here under the guise to start again. It is those who claim to be aboriginal, yet are not and those who pretend to speak for the people, who do not, that want to make these changes. Those are the ones who are corrupt and self serviant to their own profits at the misery of others. If those in office ignore the majority, leave office, we don’t want you. I can’t say it any simpler.

  35. Tony
    Tony says:

    Leave Australia Day the way it is.
    Why do so many people insist upon whinging about trivia.
    You can’t please everyone.
    Today’s Aborigines have a lot to be thankful for in Australia.
    To all, have a pleasant day.

    • Kate
      Kate says:

      We agree that to have a separate day for Indigenous People would create division in the Nation. Australia Day is a patriotic day to unite ALL Australians. United we stand, divided we fall.

  36. Ingrid Hall
    Ingrid Hall says:

    I am a strong believer that good things come out of bad things. Does anyone every think what if? What if the English did not colonise and occupy Australia. What then? What would Australia be like then? Other than not having the name Australia which I like to think we are all proud of. Plus thousands upon thousands of part aboriginals not even existing today, because they would never have been born, what would the landscape and people of this country be like today?

    Do the natives to this land really believe that another nation would not have come in and claimed this country as their own had the Europeans not done so. Could the Aboriginals have stopped them? Australia is surrounded by Asian countries, it would have only a matter of time before they would have occupied the country we call Australia today. What would have become of the Aboriginals then? Would they be enjoying all the privilege’s that we all enjoy today?

    When the Japanese tried to invade Australia, could the Aboriginals have fought them off all by themselves? Many good Australians including Aboriginals fought along side of each other so THAT WE ALL COULD ALL enjoy the freedoms and blessings we have now. Can’t we do that again?

    Christianity followed shortly after the English convicts came to this country and a lot of good came from that. Many of these Christians reached out to the Aboriginals, started schools and taught them to read and write. Do you ever think that the many well educated and talented Aboriginals today who hold places of power and privilege which includes politics, sport, media, television and movies would even be here today had history gone another way.

    We have Asians all around us who would do whatever it takes including risking their lives on boats to live in the lucky country that we have ALL TAKEN FOR GRANTED. While we are still bickering amongst ourselves about the past, this country is slowly being raped by overseas interests, that is our true enemy. While we are divided we are easy pickings. When the powers to be took away from those of us who were born in Australia, helped build up Australia and fought for Australia, our national pride, by stating that Australia was no longer our country but belonged to the first occupiers, that killed off our national pride.

    I can still remember an aboriginal boy telling my little boy many years ago that Australia was his country because they were here first. This was a young part aboriginal boy who had no concept that he would not have even be here today if some of his inherited genes that make him in part who is today, might have came from an European ancestor. My son came crying back to me, he could not understand.. He was born here too, he knew no other country, so what is his country? He was so confused. My parents migrated from Holland and becoming an Australian citizen was so very important to them. I still have their bible and citizenship papers today. They always insisted that we call ourselves Australians because we were no longer Dutch we were Australian, that is how proud of being Australian were my parents. All the first immigrants I feel believed this way, that is how this country was built as one nation, one people. They past that onto us and we past that onto out children Now our children are taught that Australia does not belong to them it belongs to those who were here first. This is the message we have passed onto our children through the schools for some years now, and our children are repeatedly reminded that they are bad because of what happened to the first aboriginals by the first settlers, and are repeatedly having to say sorry on “Sorry Day” for something they had nothing to do with.

    When an aboriginal says that this is his/her country, in my eyes it would be like the oldest brother saying to the youngest brother,”mum’s womb belongs to me because I was nurtured and fed here first. In my eyes none of us gets to say we own the land we live on because we got here first. Land belongs to it’s creator whoever you think that may be. We need the land to survive, it does not need us, and it certainly does not belong to us, we are only tenants till we leave this earth.

    While we are all bickering about who this country belongs too, the world is stepping in and taking away chunks of it in the name of big business. We even have the Chinese coming closer to our doorstep, and don’t kid yourself, they want what we have, and quite frankly who can blame them. Do you think they care about who has ownership of the land, for that matter do your think any overseas interests do? Australia is there for the taking, as our Government serves chunks of Australia to overseas buyers on a patter, while they too bicker amongst each other to hold onto their places in Government. One politician even betrayed Australians by taking a bribe from the Chinese, and lost his place in parliament, yet the media shows put him on air asking for his opinion on Government issues. We so easily forget.

    Those who don’t care about your interests will tell you what you want to know, those who do truly care will tell you the truth, even though they will be put to the stake for it, and even from those who they are trying to help.

    The true Australian’s whether black, white or yellow are the one’s who see this and are fighting to hold onto what we have. People like Pauline and Dick Smith are but a few. Both have paid that price.

    Pauline is right! We need to all stand under one flag, be one nation, we need to get back that national pride we once had, we need to make the newcomers to this country are part of that also, because at the end of the day we will all lose the country we all say we love, and Australia Day just won’t matter. As the good book says “A house divided against itself will fall”. To my aboriginal friends, if you start thinking about the What if’s, it will boggle your mind. Good things do come out of bad things if you really think about it, so let us forgive and forget, and see the enemy for who they truly are. Those who want to take away what we have and use us all in the process.

  37. Brian Richards
    Brian Richards says:

    Couldn,t agree more , Australia day should be celebrated warts and all because after all it is history whether we like it or not. Actually we come from all over the globe including our very first Aussies.

  38. Myra
    Myra says:

    When is enough going to be enough. My thoughts are to leave Australia Day as it is, How much more do the Aborigines want , they have Oolaroo back and no one is allowed to
    Climb it now. Give in to the minority and they will
    keep trying for more, it would never stop. We all live in this beautiful country, so why not be proud and share to
    make it the best country on earth.

  39. Ace
    Ace says:

    This has little to do with those who proved too weak to call this land home.
    This is about what was current then and what is current now.
    Just like people how everyone wanted to be religious followers then and now they want to be understand things for themselves and attempt to lead.

    Australia Day was about more than the landing, it was about the discovery of a new world & everything that it brought.
    At that time such a thing was like discovering Electricity. The problem is that too much of it has been centred around the landing of the British military and the invasion. (get over it already)

    Changing the date would satisfy 2 parties.
    1: those invaded whom bare grudges against their own weakness for not being able to defend.
    2: those who do not fully understand the reason behind Australia day (like Red Head here, writing only about the invasion)

    What would be done instead of changing the date however is change how people are educated about Australia Day.
    It is due to lack of education that a country provides when its own people do not know about its history. Sad when even those who could claim to be part of its history don’t know even properly know about the most important day of our country.
    Hints may be within the Anthem yet how many people even know it when most schools don’t even sing the 2nd verse.

    Your a disgrace to this country, retire while your red is yet not on our forks.

  40. Allan
    Allan says:

    Well the Brits sent a lot of convicts as well as settlers. My great great great grandparents were among them. That has bee the way in this world. Well all Australians pitched in and held off any invasion. The first people should be happy about that. Lets think of Aussie day as a day for the first people as well as the next people. We should stick together however the Government should get off the backsides and give full recognition to the first people in the Aussie constitution. Sorry Pauline I cannot be at your social, have a great day. Allan

  41. lialskraps
    lialskraps says:


  42. Garry Harbulot
    Garry Harbulot says:

    Leave AUSTRALIA DAY alone. The 26th Jan is when this country started being brought out of the stone age and into the great nation we once were. It’s not just the Aboriginal minority that is trying to separate us it’s also the refugees, illegal immigrants and those that refuse to assimilate into OUR society but want to establish their own and destroy ours. If our way of life is so foreign to them why the heck did they even come here?

  43. Julie Dane
    Julie Dane says:

    Leave the date as is, do not need more division between Australians. One Nation one people!
    History is that move on and be thankful for all we have and work towards a future that doesn’t involve dividing the nation.

  44. Daniela Ruegg
    Daniela Ruegg says:

    I agree with all the comments and with you Pauline. I don’t believe in changing Australia Day as it is the day that Australia and civilisation was born. Lets bygone be bygones !

  45. Gerard Anthony
    Gerard Anthony says:

    Many countries have many nationalities and religions that respect the One flag and One national day. Keep 26th January as Our national day, celebrated & treasured by all regardless of your origin.

  46. Ross Konowalenko
    Ross Konowalenko says:

    Australia Day as a day where we all celebrate the positives this great country of ours has to offer (as the 13 thousand who chose this day to become new citizens would attest – and my sincere welcome to them), has been overshadowed by protest marches supported by ‘key figures’ and given undeserved extensive media coverage. Some facts: by a certain group calling our Australia Day as ‘Invasion Day’ is showing complete disrespect to all of us (including our newest citizens) who are aware of and have apologised for the injustices of the past. May I suggest that the 26 of January was not the first day that the country we know as Australia today was seized by proclamation by the crown of England. It was actually proclaimed as provided in Captain Cook’s diary in response to the Secret Instructions provided to Cook from the crown that, in the event that he found the Continent, he should chart its coasts, obtain information about its people, cultivate their friendship and alliance, and annex any convenient trading posts in the King’s name. Cook reached the southern coast of New South Wales on 20 April 1770. He sailed north, landing at Botany Bay one week later, before continuing to chart the Australian coast all the way north to the tip of Queensland. There, on Possession Island, just before sunset on Wednesday 22 August 1770, he declared the coast a British possession:
    “Notwithstand[ing] I had in the Name of His Majesty taken possession of several places upon this coast, I now once more hoisted English Coulers and in the Name of His Majesty King George the Third took possession of the whole Eastern Coast . . . by the name New South Wales, together with all the Bays, Harbours Rivers and Islands situate upon the said coast, after which we fired three Volleys of small Arms which were Answerd by the like number from the Ship”.
    Cook had recorded signs that the coast was inhabited during the voyage north, and here he noted as he returned to the ship the great number of fires on all the land and islands about them, a certain sign they are Inhabited. (Reference:Cook’s Secret Instructions, c.1768. Courtesy National Library of Australia. p2). So in essence, Australia was initially ‘invaded’ from the perspective of the over 600 Aboriginal nations at that time (as opposed to the so called current thought that all persons of aboriginal descent are one homogeneous group – they are not as provided by the Aboriginal Map of Australia and current aboriginal peoples who identify by their ‘mob’) by the British on August 22. If the ‘invasion’ mantra is to be maintained on those wishing to keep the divide in Australia as wide open as possible for as long as possible, the subsequent English ‘invasion’ next occurred on the 24 January when the ‘first fleet’ landed at Botany Bay. So hijacking our Australia Day on the 26 January as ‘invasion day’ by the ‘left’ is technically incorrect as are a number of other issues in respect to the notion of a ‘united’ Aboriginal nation demanding a treaty that some political parties are currently courting. Happy to argue that one on facts at a later date. In the interim, I hope you all enjoyed what this country has to offer on our special day.🇦🇺️

  47. Jim Lee
    Jim Lee says:

    Australia day should be a day that we can all unite, and become one. regardless of race and colour. To be different only brings about division and divides us.

  48. sharon grey
    sharon grey says:

    Hi Pauline, No we do not need to change Australia day because it does cover all Australians who live here, the aboriginals need to get over this how long do they want to hold the country for Ransom. I will never vote foe Liberal or Labor, in fact i have been putting my name on the ballot paper when i do not like either party and ticking it. The state of our country is a disgrace we have too many people from China and India, here and the government is still dealing with China even after they try to tell us how to run the country, also they dont pay uni fees. Scott Morrison needs to fix our problems that are bigger than changing Australia Day or adding Aboriginal Day and pointing out the differences again within the race.

  49. Phillip Kuhne
    Phillip Kuhne says:

    Pauline, i so WISH all those in power currently would get off their self serving high horses and take in what YOU say.
    you have got it more right than all of those put together.

  50. Michael Zerafa
    Michael Zerafa says:

    I have to agree that ANOTHER appeasement day will never satisfy the eternal victims who will continue to hate people according to their skin colour and can not be hold them accountable for their ancestors actions.- I can understand that the 26th can represent the beginning of a turbulent period for the first Australians but no body I know celebrates the demise of Aboriginals and only wants to unify us all on the same day…….whatever the day.

  51. Ron t
    Ron t says:

    Leave Australia Day alone,stop giving sympathy to the Aborigines,they are non achievers,unlike the American Indian they never provided shelter for there family,planted crops for food they were simply nomads that would be camping under a grass tree if not for the white man,respect must be earned.

  52. Hugh
    Hugh says:

    Keep up with the good work Pauline for ALL Australians and BAN the Burkers if you don’t like it go back to the miserable country you came from Don’t bring your bad habits here to Aussie

  53. Joe
    Joe says:

    I think this people who want to change the date they have forgot if there is no English people in 2 WW the Japanese come here and in that time there kill all the aboriginal people like they have been doing in the PNG so we are all lucky to live together in the best country in the world be happy what we have. Australia day is happy day we are all One..

  54. Ros De Avene
    Ros De Avene says:

    Leave Australia Day as the 26th…..Australia seems to be the only stupid country who want to change everything…..these disruptive people and the education department don’t even know what Australia means….Australia is Portugese (not English), it means, “The Great Southern Land of the Holy Spirit.” The only country on earth that was dedicated to the Holy Spirit….landed here by Portugese navigators and explorers on a ship called “The Dove,” the history and records of the navigation and exploration are held in the archives in the Vatican. Giving credit to the British they heard of this new land Australia as already recorded and navigated and still keeping this Portugese name (they never changed it!!), were sent down to Australia to find this Great Southern Land of the Holy Spirit….and honoured it. The British explorers/navigators knew of the blessed and dedicated title and in no way did they want to invade a country that had been dedicated to the Holy Spirit. And they never did. They were navigators and explorers, with 20 botanists and scientists to study astronomy ‘down under’…..with no intent of ‘invading.’ To those idiots out there who state that the British invaded Australia (on a fitted out whale-boat with a flat bottom!!), then how come the first landing was called BOTANY BAY. A universal name to honour the explorers, scientists and botantists who first landed here. The first landing is called BOTANY BAY, not ‘invading bay’ or other British invading names, it was named BOTANY BAY to honour the first sea-going explorers, navigators and first explorative botanists and scientists who landed here… I don’t think that botanists and scientists (with no guns) were here to invade….!!! The British explorers, botanists and scientists were not here to invade a country that had been dedicated to the Holy Spirit. We have a Portugese name Australia (not an invading name or a British name) dedicated to the Holy Spirit and we have Botany Bay (not an invading name or a British name), so I cannot see how the education department and all the other idiots who want to be disruptive can believe that we were invaded…..they have no understanding to history at all…..Stay as the 26th….if others don’t like it they can leave Australia (its Portugese name), the Great Southern Land of the Holy Spirit. They are the ones who are trespassing, invading and infringing on our name, on our flag, on our history and on our land.
    Next we will be having a day for the Moslems, a Moslem Day, a Chinese Day and it will be never ending. We already have the Year of the Dog were the Chinese put their faith and belief in an animal that licks its bottom and licks other dogs bottoms!!! Ugh.
    Keep the 26th…..

  55. Geoff Hamilton
    Geoff Hamilton says:

    Well, yes to you all but where to from here….the campaigns and polling booths will again be all about deciding on the lesser of negatives for Australians rather than hearing something amazing for the future of our relatively young Nation. I will be looking for One Nation’s Policy for the longer future especially in areas of strategic economic reform to secure independence in essential services and industry, education reforms( secondary and tertiary) to meet the changing employment landscape and a long range plan for management of our dwindling water resources.
    There are of course many other areas but for me the focus is on growth, security, safety and sustainability in all aspects of our community life which means respecting one another and thanking God every day for being an Australian.


    pauline spot on again, here we have again the minority pushing there views on the public, i have noticed over the last few years, that they have infiltrated themselves into political places such as local councils etc, they appear to me to be over educated university types who want to change anything and everything, if its not the aboriginal thing its the gay or racism, all items that the bulk of aussies could not care less about and they have nothing better to do than stir up hatred whilst all us hard working aussies are to busy to give a damn about them, as far as australia day goes there would not be a day that would satisfy any of them, just leave it as it is thankyou.

  57. Rob Henderson
    Rob Henderson says:

    If the “First Australians” want their own day does that mean they are prepared to give up on NAIDOC (and all its associated funding)? BTW, why is it referred to as NAIDOC Week? Doesn’t anyone realise what the D stands for?? So, technically, you could say that they already have their own day for recognition.

    Maybe a start to proper recognition of the diverse cultures we have in this great land could be having a well defined definition of its people. I am 4th generation Australian and given the Oxford Dictionary definition I could identify as indigenous. Could I benefit from that? Some would say yes. If that was the case then the extra support available to me would be welcome. However if all such defined people were to take that road this country would be in a bigger mess than it already is. As for being aboriginal I believe that there needs to be a clear and defined “cut-off” point at which someone can claim they are of aboriginal decent. With today’s modern DNA technology that should not be too difficult as long as there is a line drawn.

    I agree, we need to be “one nation” and “one people”. It has been mentioned by others about the disparity in the government in relation to support given to the aboriginal people. Perhaps if the government were to remove all funding that does not have an an equivalent available for the rest of the population we could better channel that to helping those that actually want to help themselves. This would go a long way to breaking down the us & them attitude which appears to be taking hold in this country. What people tend to forget is a government that can provide you with everything can just as easily take it away.

  58. Roger Macgowan
    Roger Macgowan says:

    Hi Pauline
    You said it beautifully. No one alive today can be blamed for anything that happened before they were born. (The son cannot be blamed for the sins of the father) The activists are not going to let this go though so I think white Australia should be the bigger persons and give ground on the issue by naming 1st January 1901 as the day to celebrate the birth of our nation.
    Kind Regards.

  59. Norma Daisley
    Norma Daisley says:

    I have just attended 3 talks about the first and second fleets arrival in Sydney. There was no invasion. These people were brought to Sydney as a punishment, the alternative was hanging.
    Upon arrival they suffered starvation and scurvy.

  60. Margaret Cooper Smith
    Margaret Cooper Smith says:

    I agree with all the above. We are Australians. January 26 was the arrival of our democratic system, freedom of speech, hard work, forgiveness and the start of bringing all people together as one nation. Over the past 200 years, many people have come to Australia of their own free will (not the convicts, of course) because they like our democratic government and opportunities to work hard and live well. It’s a better life than in their original homeland. Everyone should follow these Australian rules or go back to their original country. Even the aboriginees came from another country and migrated to this land from the north. They do not remind us of that. So let’s all learn from the mistakes of the past and stop focusing on them as if we are forever in debt when it wasn’t our personal decision. We can’t change our history but we can make our present choices the best for each other. Let’s get on with each other, encourage each other and all do a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay. Australia is the best country. Let’s appreciate the diversities of our vast and great country.

  61. Phil B
    Phil B says:

    Holiday for all those who were present on 26/01/1788 no others. The bringing together of this great nation under the Commonwealth of Australia has benefitted all Australians. You are correct Pauline the socialists should be stopped from dividing us.

  62. laurie simon
    laurie simon says:

    Hi Pauline, Leave it as it is, it’s our day, the indigenous will never play the game. I looked after an indigenous unit C4 in Borallon I think and they weren’t too bad and they would come to me when they broke a plastic fork and refuse to pay for a new one and I would say you never needed one for the last 40,00 years. I worry for this society of ours which seems to be deteriorating in front of our eyes with the new Ice age. I spent the week of 17/09/2018 in the Toowoomba Coroner’s court where i have been trying to expose the police corruption in the Lockyer Valley. Mayor Steve Jones told me on17/4/2015 in front of Tania Milligan that Jim McDonald was behind all the drugs in the area and I told Frecklington in 2016 and again on 5/2/2018. Why haven’t either of these 2 women made some attempt to do something about him

  63. Eleonora Mostert
    Eleonora Mostert says:

    The Media uses the Dutch word for separation these days, “Apartheid”. You are absolutely right the Far-Left so called progressives are causing a division between the people of Australia as they do with allowing those into Australia who will never integrate with the Australian way of life.

  64. Steve
    Steve says:

    Agree and that separatist symbol of disunity – the Aboriginal flag – should be taken down and consigned to the dustbin of history – one flag representing one people and one nation, end of story.

  65. Brian Sayers
    Brian Sayers says:

    Separatism breads hatred, contempt and intolerance resulting in Apartheid.
    Different rules for different races, colour religion or Gender will fail as History has proven

  66. david
    david says:

    a wonderful piece of pure logic.You cant have two groups of people claiming one thing,being it for land or a house.

  67. Debra Mieth
    Debra Mieth says:

    As there are very few full blood Aboriginals left, our mixed race indigenous Australians would not even exist if not for colonization. We should celebrate our common ancestry.

  68. Will
    Will says:


    I agree, there should be one Australia Day for all Australians.

    However, I can understand that the date is hurtful for the Aborigines.

    They have been treated in the most awful way since colonization (remember Terra Nullis), they were treated as the lowest of the low as almost non existant.

    But they did and do still.

    We should remember that great harm was done to these people.

    We should remember that at Australia Day too, not with a sense of self loathing, but a sense of commitment to put things right.

    With all that chatter about increasing diversity, I think we should focus on getting more diversity by getting indigenous people in all aspects of society.

    I mean this not so much as forcing them to be “Western-ised” but for them to be more included and visible within the general community.

    We should focus more on looking after our own before making foreigners a priority – Let’s not make them more disposed from their country.

    I think it is wrong to ignore the suffering of these people since the first fleet, I think our obligation as Australians is to be honest with history.

    The Japanese still white wash over the crimes of the second world war – yet the evidence is overwhelming (murders, sex slaves etc), The Chinese also probably hide their recent crimes at Tiannamen Square…

    Lets not be like them.

    History has been brutal to these people.

    Let’s be different !

  69. Mark Whorlow
    Mark Whorlow says:

    Australia was once considered strong and a great place to live. I look in the streets and wonder if I did the right thing having kids here. Australia has become place that has gone too political correct, to nanny state. It is a place where unfortunately if you are white, you are wrong, and if you are any other nationality or colour then you need to be raised up and given more.

    Why is it that we the “white” have to continually compromise our standards of living and traditions. Christmas Lights, Holidays, Celebrations, the BBQ

    Being a multicultural nation should not be about changing our traditions but by joining the best of each culture and create an Australia that we are all proud to be part of. For example I love the Indian Kite Flying festival. It is a great addition to our Australian Culture. I love Chinese New Year Festivals and the lights and sounds they bring. This is what being multi-cultural is about.

    Creating fuss over Australia Day is like France changing their Independence day, or USA changing theirs. It was a day in History, it was the birth of Australia being Australia, and should not be changed.

    I am happy to have a day to celebrate the joys and culture that is Aboriginal, or a week of trying bush foods and looking at achievements. But all I see is a political undermining and whinging. Let it go. Celebrate your culture, but stop undermining and making everyone feel bad about being Australia.

  70. lois goudy
    lois goudy says:

    Leave it where it is. A lot of good points raised by fellow contributors. Adam Goodes thought Australia Day was to do with James Cook, as did a woman (name unknown) on former PM Turnbull’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee. If you are against something surely you should know what exactly it is you are against.

    Furthermore if it was an Invasion, as claimed, in history invasions end with a winner and a loser or treaties agreed to at the time. So, to the Aborigines, if it was an invasion and the British won, that is it – game over. You cannot have it both ways. Why all the concessions and thank-you, thank-you for your land, over and over again now. Sick of it.

  71. Margaret Holmes
    Margaret Holmes says:

    I agree, end the ‘Them and Us culture’, because we’re just like dogs chasing our tails trying to please everybody. We may as well have a day for the Syrians, Afghanies, one for the Chinese, the Vietnamese, the Egyptians etc etc. I thought we were trying to build one nation not separate states for each and every breed of cat we’ve let onto our soil. Australia day is the 26th of January. Leave it at that.

  72. Lindsay Gibson
    Lindsay Gibson says:

    Ignore the morons. If ‘they’ want a special day, go do it some other day. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO INTERFERE WITH THE 26th. or their day may be well and truley ruined.

  73. Josie Hill
    Josie Hill says:

    Leave Australia day right where it is. No special day for Indigenous Australians. Stop trying to divide Australia. We are going to regret it in years to come, with a civil war over it. So ask yourselves do you want that for your future generations. I certainly don’t, and I have an a grandson that has aborginal blood as well as white blood running through his veins. He is very happy with the life he has.

  74. Irene Wehrmann
    Irene Wehrmann says:

    What everyone ignores is the fact that present day aboriginals ancestors were invaders who killed off the previous inhabitants. We were settlers, which is why they’re entitled to land rights. Yes there were murders committed by both sides, black and white, so how about we get together in the here and now and be united in protecting our country from ‘invaders’..

  75. Dennis Morrell
    Dennis Morrell says:

    We need a national Australia Day for all Australians. We don’t need anther day for indigenous peoples as suggested by PM Scott Morrison. We do have an issue with many indigenous people who believe that January 26 reflects ‘invasion day’.
    As much as we want them to shut up, behave and accept the status quo they have a right to be heard and as a government of this great country we need to find a solution.
    A recent council of indigenous elders believes there should be established a third house of review. That is not a viable proposal on federation and constitutional grounds but there may exist alternative points of view which could be considered. For example there have been suggestions from time to time that certain Senate seats could be reserved for indigenous voters. Candidates would need to authenticate their eligibility for those seats and they will be vacated after the electoral term expires. They would not be another house of review but would be entitled to put their views to public scrutiny and vote in accordance with all other elected senators on bills before the house. Purely a suggestion to spark discussion one seat in each state or territory could designated in such a way.
    Just to throw another wildcard into the mix, why do we have to celebrate Australia Day on January 26th? In the USA they celebrate Independence Day 4th July to commemorate the official birthday of that nation. Our nation came into existence with Federation Day on the 1st January so not that day? It is worth noting that all Australians were entitled to vote – indigenous, migrants, those born here and those here temporarily. No one can claim that they were excluded from having a say. We can commemorate January 26 for what it is – the day the first fleet arrived but our official national day would be January 1. Worth thinking about??

  76. Grahame
    Grahame says:

    We need to cut back on the push on Australia Day towards the native rights area. This is splitting the nation. Australia Day is a day we all come together under one flag and celebrate unity as a nation. We have people out there trying to hijack the day for other reasons. We have gone TOO FAR with this WELCOME to country. It is in fact preparing the country for takeover by countries to our north who have conditions much like the conditions of our natives. Just remember what happened to the POOR PEOPLE of TIMOR and the AUSTRALIAN TELEVISION NEWSMAN who were BUTCHERED by the HIGH COMMAND of the INDONDESIA SERVICES.
    They have a problem and expect us to HELP them out.
    One day a year when we all take time to look after our native people and tell them that they are fully supported in a very special way. Programs that operate all year are showcased on this special day.

    Australia Day Everyone Together as ONE.
    The SPECIAL day We look after our NATIVE People.

  77. N&S Cook
    N&S Cook says:

    We wish that true Australian history should be taught in all schools.
    We have spoken to many backpackers & Australians who know nothing of the convicts and what they endured.
    Yes, some were rotten to the core and deserved what they got for it, however many were good people who were” set up” so as to populate the new colony. Starving kids stealing a loaf of bread to feed themselves and their families aren’t criminals yet they were sent out here for punishment at a very young age
    As with all conflicts including the ones the individual Aboriginal tribes had before white man arrived, people get hurt & killed.
    There are faults on both sides .The English military had to keep the convicts alive to build the
    We are doing what we can now to help the Aboriginal people but the pollies are going about it the wrong way, work for the dole is a good idea as those who want to will be less bored & some will become very helpful. The same with white Australians. All Australians.
    We’ve met some fantastic Aboriginal Australians, still proud of their ancestry but moving on & helping Australia.
    There is some very good information about the colonizing of Australia.
    One such mini series was “Against the wind” with Jon English.A good example of both sides.
    The 26th January was when the worst convicts arrived but they were sent here as prisoners. It was a relief to get off of those ships and to many of them a new beginning. As far as the date goes, I’m of two minds.
    Australia has grown into a wonderful country in many ways.
    I would like to change the flag though, by making the top left square of it much smaller, we have come a long way since those dreadful days.

  78. N&S Cook
    N&S Cook says:

    I left a line out of my previous comment about the English Military.
    My comment hasn’t come up yet but a lot of the English military were rotten to the core too.They did their fare share of damage to both groups.
    I don’t agree entirely with all you say Pauline but I wish you had a candidate in the Victorian
    election hat is coming up in November.

  79. Tyron Hermon
    Tyron Hermon says:

    Hi Pauline,
    I agree with your statement. Also remember that this is not the only country that has been invaded by others. Most countries in the world have been conquered by others , some time or other. Just check history and you will find this to be true, going back to the times of Genghis Khan. That is the way the world was.
    People need to grow up and move on.

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